Nausea is a feeling of uneasiness in the stomach that mostly precedes vomiting, which is the voluntary or involuntary emptying (throwing up) of stomach contents through the mouth. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many conditions such as motion sickness or seasickness, early stages of pregnancy, medication induced vomiting, emotional stress or fear, food poisoning, overeating or a reaction to certain smells or odours. Doctors by and large agree that when you have a bout of nausea, you should not force yourself to vomit, but if you feel it’s going to happen naturally, then let it happen. When you experience the uneasiness, you could try some of the following remedies to try and ease the sensation.
Tips to ease nausea
- Ginger is one of the oldest remedies for quelling nausea as well as motion sickness. Prepare a cup of ginger tea and drink it to put your stomach at ease.
- Peppermint also has a calming effect on the lining of the stomach. You can drink peppermint tea whenever you feel nauseated.
- A spoonful of honey can also do the trick by calming the sensation in your stomach.
- Alternatively, try making your own anti-nausea syrup at home. Add half a cup of white sugar to one-fourth cup of water and heat on a medium flame until you get a clear syrup. When the syrup has cooled down to room temperature, you can have 1-2 spoons as and when needed.
- Empty a bottle of cola into a glass and let it go flat, then drink it at room temperature. People have also found lemonade to be helpful in relieving the queasy sensation in the stomach.
- When you have a bout of nausea, lie down or sit still. Moving around will disturb your stomach and may lead to vomiting.
- The homoeopathy medicine cocculus is a must for your home medicine kit. Made from the Indian cockle plant, it can be a handy remedy for nausea as well as indigestion.
- Acupressure too can do the trick. Press the inside of your left forearm, 1-2 inches from the crease of your wrist, for a minute and then repeat on the other hand. Alternatively, buy an acupressure wristband. It will have a bead positioned over the same pressure point, and can provide you a drug-free remedy.
Replenishing the lost fluids
When nausea leads to vomiting, you will lose a lot of salts and fluids, so to prevent dehydration you need to replenish your system. Make a rehydration drink by mixing eight level teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of salt in one litre of water. Take small sips in the beginning, and as you feel your stomach settling down, you can increase the intake. An energy drink can also serve the same purpose.